DAVE HARRELL: RIVER SECRETS
AST week I took you through my favourite rigs for deep-water pole fishing on rivers.
This week we’re looking at the lighter end of the scale, where delicate presentation will result in more fish being caught.
These rigs are suited to depths from 3ft to 6ft and, like the deep rigs, I’d always recommend making them up on winders at home to save time on the bank.
I make all my light rigs up equal to the length of four or five sections of pole and then shorten them if necessary on the bank.
SHOTS OR STYLS?
I always to use small shots. All my rigs are made up with No8, No9 and No10 shots. The only time I use lighter is when I need a tiny shot to fine tune a rig and set the bristle so that just under half of it is showing above the surface.
CARBON OR WIRE STEMS?
All my light floats have carbon stems as I think they perform better than thin wire. They are also more durable with carbon and much less prone to bending damage.
While super-fine bristles might look pretty in tackle shops, in reality they are often a nightmare to see and fish with on river pole floats. They’re also difficult to shot up properly.
I’ve used many different pole float patterns for river fishing and in my opinion hollow 1.5mm bristles are the best. Length of bristle is very important – I think too many pole-float patterns have bristles that are much too long.
For river fishing this can be a problem if you want to slow the rig down. The bristle will just ride up out of the water instead of the float body being held against it.